Category Archives: Places

Follow the Flag to the End- Part 5- The Tour That Never Was

Several years ago, I pulled the covers over my shoulders in a rented yet hip apartment in a gorgeous and architecturally relevant district in Rome. A fine wrap to the end of a satisfying day, a disguised American tourist, eating, … Continue reading

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I Have To Go In HOW? Part 4 – Sort of

So I must start out with an apology and a conundrum. First the apology. Yes- it was I who perhaps spammed you with previously published posts. As to the why? Well, I have been living in several dimensions during the … Continue reading

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The Trip That Never Was…

The sign outside our door says, “Open.” As in “Come on over, airfare is cheap, the radiation is fine- don’t I look younger? That gentle shaking in the night? Why that just rocks you slowly to sleep. Below 7 is … Continue reading

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A Birthday Celebrated at Jindai-Ji Temple- Japan

In the immortal words of Stevie Wonder celebrated in Song- “Happy Birthday Bud-dha, Happy Birthday Bud-dha, Happy Birth…day!” According to “experts” April 8th is the big day for Budhha. Not knowing much about the most righteous Buddha or any of … Continue reading

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Nagano- Home to the ’98 Winter Olympics

And site of the latest injury. Just another winter for the Clampitts and our quest to ¬†establish long-term relationships with every Emergency Clinic within a 50 mile radius no matter where the global coordinates. In this case, Nagano, Japan. Home … Continue reading

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“Japan in a Box” Mt. Takao

Their nickname- not mine. Apparently everything one could want on a hiking excursion one hour outside of Tokyo- all Japanese. The Social Chairman and I set out armed to the armpits, she with the file folder of maps and information … Continue reading

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Niseko, Hokkaido- Part II (Heaven Help Us)

Spouse and I should have known problems were brewing from the beginning over 14 years ago. It started a month or so before Offspring #1 was born. Standing 5’4″ and never having weighed over 110 lbs I had ballooned to … Continue reading

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Watch out Silly Wabbit…Fuw’s the Fashion in Tokyo

I admit to complete ignorance of the East prior to my arrival including the influence of Japanese fashion on the rest of the world. Tokyo ranks 5th with New York, Milan, Paris, and London. More specifically due to an area … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Karuizawa

Thanksgiving and time to get out of Tokyo. According to Offspring #1, snowboarding season started on November 15th- we were late for the slopes. Nagano, home to the Winter Olympics, is a short 2 hour bullet train ride away. Preparations … Continue reading

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A Fish Tale- At Tsukiji Fish Market

Let’s face it- field trips bore the scales off many a school of fish- chaperones included. However, desperate to invade the privacy of Offspring #1, I happily volunteered to lead a grumpy group of uninterested middle schoolers through the Tsukiji … Continue reading

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